Wreaths were placed Monday at the Fallen Warriors Memorial in Morgan City to honor soldiers who died in service to the country. From left, Fallen Warriors Memorial Co-Chairman Marc Distefano and Louisiana Marine Corps League Commandant David Martin stand by a wreath bearing the name of Marine Corps Pvt. Donald Ray Anthony Roberton of Patterson. Roberton’s name recently became the 68th name to be added to the memorial, which honors Tri-City area soldiers who were killed in wars. Roberton was killed during World War II by Japanese troops after attempting to rescue American soldiers on Makin Island in the Pacific. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

The Tri-City community paid tribute Monday to all soldiers who died serving their country, including an almost-forgotten hero from Patterson executed during World War II after attempting to rescue fellow soldiers.
Six-year-old Cooper Samuel-Louis Jones often takes walks through the Franklin Cemetery with his grandparents, Rep. Sam Jones and his wife Toni, and his aunt Allison Jones. Allison took this photo of Cooper as he knelt to pray at the grave of a soldier.
The winners from the 2016 “St. Mary’s Got Talent” Show held at the Teche Theatre last Friday are left to right: Reneka Thomas took third place; Kenny Perry and Amber Lanclos won first place; Makayla Dupree placed second; and Walt Johnson was the audience favorite of the evening’s performances.

Wreaths were placed Monday at the Fallen Warriors Memorial in Morgan City to honor soldiers who died in service to the country. From left, Fallen Warriors Memorial Co-Chairman Marc Distefano and Louisiana Marine Corps League Commandant David Martin stand by a wreath bearing the name of Marine Corps Pvt. Donald Ray Anthony Roberton of Patterson. Roberton’s name recently became the 68th name to be added to the memorial, which honors Tri-City area soldiers who were killed in wars. Roberton was killed during World War II by Japanese troops after attempting to rescue American soldiers on Makin Island in the Pacific. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Officers on alert during holiday

Shantell Mendez bags fireworks for customers in Stephensville on Tuesday. While fireworks are legal in portions of neighboring St. Martin Parish, they're banned in St. Mary.
(The Daily Review/Crystal Thielepape)

The Louisiana State Police and St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will be on alert during the New Year’s holidays to ensure residents’ safety as they travel.

Giving to Toys for Tots

Students from Central Catholic High School recently participated in the Marine Corp Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Members of the National Junior Honor Society encouraged students to bring in a new toy to provide gifts for disadvantaged children. Kneeling from left are CCHS students Terre’Yan Johnson, Madison Blanchard, Chloe Rivere and Macy Sims. Standing: Coy Ribardi, Issac Bochas, Bryce Grizzaffi, Lindsee Case, Ali Comeaux, Emma Thomas and Cade Boutte. (Submitted Photo)

Officials keep wary eye on river stage

The Atchafalaya River is expected to crest Jan 23. at 9.5 feet in Morgan City. The winter storm that dumped heavy rain in portions of the Upper South and Midwest caught officials by surprise.
(The Daily Review/Crystal Thielepape)

Local and federal officials find themselves watching the Atchafalaya and other rivers under the threat of a rare winter flood.

Trust, good genes keys to couple’s 70-year marriage

Jimmy Manuel and Muriel Manuel, shown Monday at their home in Morgan City, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Wednesday. The couple met during World War II while Jimmy Manuel was on leave from the Army Air Corps. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

A Morgan City couple, whose marriage began a few months after the end of World War II, will celebrate a milestone Wednesday that few ever reach.

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Former Patterson standout Tristen Ausama signed a national letter of intent Thursday to play college football at Louisiana College in Pineville. Seated from left are Shirley Turner, mother; Ausama holding Bryson Ausama, son; Raven Gahn, girlfriend; Ninedra Fancis, sister; and Cabrini Belt, niece. Standing, from left, are Branden Harden, Patterson assistant football coach; A’zhayde Francis, niece; Salex Francis, sister; Mauricia Givens, niece; and Landen Gahn (The Daily Review/Corwin Murray).

It’s been a big year for Patterson standout running back Tristen Ausama, and he took another leap Thursday, signing a national letter of intent to play college football at Louisiana College.

Lifestyle

Larry and Nedra Giroir
--Submitted Photo

Larry and Nedra Giroir of Morgan City celebrated their 50th anniversary May 21 with a family gathering at Shoney’s in Morgan City. They were married May 22, 1966, in Berwick.

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